Paul Revere's ride started in Boston.
Paul Revere's ride started in Boston.
 
 
Revere alerted the farmers.
Revere alerted the farmers.
 
 
Revere alerted the townspeople.
Revere alerted the townspeople.
 
 
Revere alerted everyone about the British soldiers.
Revere alerted everyone about the British soldiers.
 
Ride of Paul Revere, The
Topic(s):   Revolutionary War (U.S.)

By April 1775, things were bad in Massachusetts. Britain said the colony was in revolt. Colonial leaders were getting ready for war.

The British planned to capture Sam Adams and John Hancock. The British thought these two men were ringleaders. They also wanted the weapons that the colonists stored in Concord, outside Boston. British troops set off to surprise the colonists.

Patriot spies were watching. The spies sent a signal to Paul Revere. Revere was a patriot and a silversmith. He was to warn the countryside should British troops march. Revere watched for a lantern signal from a Boston church. One lantern meant the British were moving on land. Two lanterns meant the British were moving by sea.

Revere saw two lanterns. He set off on his midnight ride. He warned Adams and Hancock. The two men escaped the British redcoat soldiers. Paul Revere rode through the countryside to call the colonists to arms. Revere warned the minutemen, men who could get ready to fight in a minute. They stood ready to fight.

In 1861, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about Paul Revere. His midnight ride became a legend. Historians note that Paul Revere was one of many riders who warned the patriots on April 18, 1775.

Resource information

Bohannon, L. F. (2004). The American Revolution. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co.

Freedman, R. (2000). Give me liberty!: The story of the Declaration of Independence. New York: Holiday House.

King, D. C. (1997). Lexington and Concord. New York: Twenty-First Century Books.

Osborne, M. P., & Boyce, N. P. (2013). Magic tree house fact tracker #11: American Revolution. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers.

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